New potato variety available at harvest festival, supermarkets, media report

The Associated Press, Fiddlehead FocusWAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle), WABI (Channel 5) and WVII(Channel 7) reported a new potato variety developed by the Maine Potato Board and University of Maine was once again available at the Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor. The Caribou Russet was made available to consumers for the first time at the same festival last year, and organizers said it sold out quickly, the AP reported. The Maine Potato Board said after this year’s festival, the russet should be available by Nov. 13 at Hannaford Supermarkets statewide and Tradewinds markets in Eastern Maine. This is the first year the potato will be available at Hannaford, Fiddlehead Focus reported. UMaine developed the Caribou Russet for fresh-market use as well as for processing, according to the AP. WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) and The Seattle Times carried the AP report.